Fall Creek, Trees, and Cat, Part 3

November 17, 2019 Wait, there’s more!

I’ve bumped up the colors but hey, fall is the time to par-tay!

Ever watchful Franklin

The sweet house beast enjoys those slanty autumn rays.

What’s out there in the water? Can we know?

Afternoon forest fling, streamside

A look back to November 6, 2019

We are leafier on the 17th!

The water’s of a mind to dazzle today

Pine meets swirl

Oops, this one is out of sequence and was taken on November 19, 2019.

A view to the creekbed

Sunny and bright

Show-off forest


Trees on November 17th, 2019

On November 18th we had gray skies

November 19th, 2019

On November 19th we were there after a medical trip, later in the afternoon than usual, drawn by the golden light.

Evening things up, late on a fall evening

Convolution of light and dark

Gained in reflection

I wish I had more pictures from this time, from this day, but we were losing the light. It’s tricky to pin down the right moments in the moving tilt of autumn light.

Trees on the next day, November 20th.


Sky show

Leaf feast

Branches keepin’ the beat

Oak trees rock

Franklin has become more of an editor and I’ve had to reach over him to do much of this post. Although his usual contribution is “Stop twitching, would you just keep still!? I was comfortable, then you moved!”

There may be another creek visit in the camera, but I’m not sure. Windy nights quickly took down leaves, rainy and/or gray days plus my need to pace myself slowly, kept us from going to the creek since those last times in November.

Now it’s December so it’s time to say, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Solstice, and whatever holidays anyone celebrates at this season of home, light, and change.

My book makes a great gift any time of year but even more so on a holiday, so here is an easily clickable link to Amazon again. Amazon works for international orders, too, but if you don’t care for Amazon, the site of the publisher, Ernest and Hadley, can also take international orders, and the book is on Barnes and Noble and many online booksellers. Check the pages bar under the banner for the online bookseller page.

Catwoods, Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions


About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
This entry was posted in black cats, Cats, Creeks, Nature and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

52 Responses to Fall Creek, Trees, and Cat, Part 3

  1. MNL says:

    Franklin looks lovely against that blue. Love all the autumn colors. so glorious!

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures, MNL, and I appreciate your kind words. Blue does seem to suit Franklin although at least one article I’ve read on photographing black cats recommends green.

  2. iamthesunking says:

    I follow you but, for some reason, I only saw this when I searched for “trees”! Come on, WordPress! 😫

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you following and commenting, iamthesunking! Glad you found us again! I’ve gone to other sites I am following and they are displaying the “follow this blog” button instead of the “following” with a check mark that indicates I’m a follower. I’ve seen other bloggers say that suddenly they aren’t following sites they were following before . . . seems to be a definite malfunction somewhere. Sometimes if I haven’t seen someone post in awhile, I’ll go looking for them!

  3. love that bumped up colour

  4. Your photos are sublime, Leah and Franklin is, as ever, delightful

  5. RMW says:

    Love love love all those colors in the leaves and reflections. Good to hear Franklin is warming up to his job as editor… these cats have to pay for their keep somehow or other.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much RMW, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures. LOL Franklin isn’t exactly going editing gangbusters yet but he has made a start!

  6. Thank you for showing that the old saying about colors speaking louder than words can be true 🙂

  7. Well, I finally made it back to the Creek! I had to take care of my own blog, then run thru all the short post blogs, skipping over the longer ones, but now I am nearly catching up with those as well.
    Autumn is gone with the pretty leaves here anyway. I know your photos were from Nov. I am under a neverending Northwest grey rain deluge. You do need to pump up the hue to help get the photos to pop! I pop up the hue on the cats so they don’t look washed out and stand out in their photos frequently. In Franklin’s photo he looks very alert though I am sure he sleeps most of the time as is the cats nature.
    Merry Christmas Christine and Happy New Year if I don’t get to tell you again, but if I get the chance I will. Thanks for being a faithful long time follower! 😊🐈🐈🐈

    • Catwoods says:

      Good to see you visiting, Greg! I think we’re about to get some of those gray winter rainy days too. Although autumn lasted longer here than it did in any more northern latitude, when it did go it went fast! Franklin is no slouch in the sleeping department, he’s a big time snoozer. My pleasure following your blog, Greg, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    These are beautiful, Leah! And of course, little Franklin, too!

    Wishing you plentiful book sales!

  9. These images are gorgeous

  10. niasunset says:

    WOW! What a beautiful photographs, dear Leah, colours fascinating… and also so inspirational too. You did great. Thank you, of course no doubt, Franklin is the best. Have a nice day, Love, nia

  11. Really imaginative photography works Leah. Franklin looks like proper sweetie as always. Have you done selective colorization before? I think your colorful foliage with selective colorization will will work brilliantly. There is a software called GIMP which is open source and often comes with Linux distributions. If not I am sure you can download and install it in windows too. But here is the link of selective colorization in GIMP which you may find useful … https://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Selective_Color/

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Ashraf, I’m happy you like the pictures and Franklin thanks you too! Also thanks for the link, I have not done that type of coloration but have wanted to be able to, I just don’t know how. I’m working on an ancient computer with an ancient photoshop program and only know a few basic things. I want to change a few things around and learn more in the future, as soon as I can, but have so much to do. Health needs to improve or at least just hold up, too.

      • Hey Leah, old is gold, and this old proverb pretty much applied to computers. Microsoft created this illusion that people need to have sophisticated hardware to work with windows and all the windows bandwagon i.e. photoshops agreed to it. It’s called capitalism to make billions by fooling innocent people. Here is the truth, old machine, as old as 386 machine architecture (386 is very old microprocessor) can act as super fast machine with no more than 524 mega byte random access memory (RAM). Our beloved Bill Gates created this illusion among people that we need to buy expensive computer to keep up with new age. Not true at all. In fact windows operating system is one of the most weak, fraudulent and disorganized modular operating that was ever built. If you have an old machine, and you are running windows, you are loosing out a lot. First thing I would do is shrink windows partition and utilize rest of the space of the hard drive to install Linux. Alternatively, you can get this cool computer, which comes with Linux in it. https://endlessos.com/computers/ Towards Non Capitalist World! Ashraf

        • Catwoods says:

          Thanks Ashraf, all very interesting! In fact, we don’t spring for the most expensive and/or newest in computer stuff, or anything else. I’m a big fan of making things work with older models. I also don’t like trying to learn new ways to do things on computers and I wish programs would not be changed – LOL I am old and “set in my ways” as they say. If I get around to trying more photo editing techniques I will first see if they can be done on the old program, which the hubs says can do everything the newer ones can do. Although I do read of the newer programs doing some remarkable things, I admit I only know a small fraction of how to work with the photo editing program we have here. Leah

          • I been running Linux for years on my old computers, but let me say, there is a learning curve to installing and using it. It not exactly plug and play!!! It ain’t exactly easy at first either! I had someone to help me.

          • Hey Leah, glad you can understand my points, most won’t and would think I am nothing more than an abhor induced anti-capitalist. Linux is good, its ultimate freedom both in practical and philosophical terms. I do not think your age is setback, the only thing that may be impeding you is windows. When I was kid, I started using 386 machine, just around the time when Bill Gates started Microsoft and came out with MS DOS operating system. It was not perfect but it was better than anything her did after. But He did it to make money, but it is understandable, he is a capitalist. All his software are closed source and if you have friends who write codes meaning develop software knows it well. Things have changed, clever people became more clever and fighting against corporate tycoons and it apply pretty much to all corporations. Anyway, if you have a machine and wish to install Linux alongside windows, it can be done and I would be happy to help you and your husband in this remit. Saludos! Ashraf

  12. Timothy Price says:

    Beautiful photos. I really like all the colors. Of course, I always like to see photos of Franklin.

  13. arlingwoman says:

    More photo-paintings. I like these. Impressionistic.

  14. Eliza Waters says:

    I love these reflections – a kaleidoscope of color!

  15. So pretty! I was thinking the whole time I was looking at your photos that they would make awesome jigsaw puzzles!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you nanasworldweb! That’s an interesting idea, about jigsaw puzzles! I haven’t thought about them in a long time.

      • I’ve always loved to do them, but I don’t like having puzzle pieces all over the coffee table for days, plus that doesn’t work too well with a cat in the house LOL. So now I do them on my iPad from a jigsaw puzzle app😋 The good thing about it is that way you never lose any pieces 😂

  16. Pazlo says:

    A beautiful kaleidoscope of colors!

    Your book continues to captivate me. I am meandering through the middle, and entranced at every turn of the page!

    Seek peace,


  17. “Moving tilt of autumn light” – lovely description. 🙂

  18. The water photos are magnificent. You need to sell them.

  19. Lauren says:

    Franklin is so pretty in his solid black. Your garden is very pretty with so much color. ❤

  20. Gorgeous! Thank you.

  21. 15andmeowing says:

    Very cool photos. Franklin is such a good helper.

Comments are closed.